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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come to this Saturday story time filled with books, songs, and a craft.

For children ages 2 to 6 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
A story-time and possibly skit performed by the Champaign-Urbana Womens Club for any child who wants to attend.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
A puppet-making workshop with artist Mark Enslin. Young artists can make their own puppet and test it out in a collaborative puppet performance at the end of the workshop.

For children ages 5 and up; 7 and under with a caregiver.

The Young Artists Workshop is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Public Arts Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Time
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Staff will offer library card sign up and provide information about Library resources, services, and programs.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Time
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Description
Story Time for playgroups.
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Urbana Free Library staff will be at the 2018 Buddy Walk located at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and sponsored by the Champaign County Down Syndrome Network.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Come to this Saturday Story Time filled with books, songs, and a craft.

For children ages 2 - 6 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 06, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 12, 2018
Time
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Description
Are your furry friends ready for an adventure? Come in for a story time with your stuffed animal and tuck them into bed for a night at the Library! You can pick them up Saturday morning and stay for stories and a pancake breakfast!
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Description
Join Library staff at the Heartland Maker Fest in Lincoln Square Mall. See maker technology used in the Teen Open Lab as well as the Library's 3D Printing Service!
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
Be reunited with your furry friend, enjoy a short story time, learn what adventures your furry friend had overnight, and enjoy a pancake breakfast!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
In this program for our youngest library fans, you'll find that it's never too early to learn to love songs, books, and rhymes.

For children birth through age 2.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Description
For parents, caregivers and babies -- Join yoga instructor Josie Heck for 30 minutes of relaxing and bonding yoga with your baby. Please bring a towel or blanket.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Library Staff @ the International Food Festival -- Orchard Downs
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Los esperamos para celebrar la diversidad de la herencia cultural de América Latina, a través de su música tradicional, artesanías, y lectura bilingüe de libros!

Join us to celebrate the diversity of Latin American culture through wonderful traditional music, crafts, bilingual storytelling!

This program organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina and The Urbana Free Library.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Join us for a free recital series at The Urbana Free Library! Each recital will feature performances by members of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, which includes professional and student musicians.

Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and Urbana Pops Orchestra


For more information about Urbana Pops Orchestra, visit http://www.urbanapops.org/.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
meeting with various park district
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 19, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Do you like to create stories with words and pictures? Join us for time to write and illustrate your own stories. Led by Librarian Elaine Bearden.

Dates in this series include:
Friday, September 21
Friday, October 19
Friday, November 16
Friday, December 14
Friday, January 11
Monday, February 11

For children in elementary school.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, October 19, 2018
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
The 10th annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is here! The Library is kicking things off with a free, all ages performance by Sam Payne and Cody Jensen, two of Urbana's busiest music makers. Together, they form a fun and energetic duet of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso! Great for the whole family.

The Library will remain open until 8:00 p.m. for this special C-U Folk & Roots Festival event.

Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
The Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit folkandroots.org.
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Description
Discover photographs, documents, films, maps, and artifacts held in the incredible archival and museum collections right here in Champaign County! Enjoy learning about these fascinating resources in a fun, interactive atmosphere. The Bazaar is FREE and features booths where you can chat with your local archivists and curators.

Ask professionals how to best preserve your memories, start researching your family history, record an oral history, or ask about the history of Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County, and Chanute Air Force Base. Come see all the diverse resources and history Champaign County has to offer.

Featuring: Champaign County Historical Archives, Champaign County Genealogical Society, Champaign County History Museum, Chanute Air Force Base, Museum of the Grand Prairie, and UIUC Student Life & Culture Archives.

Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
The European Union Center at the University of Illinois is proud to present European Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. For this event, we are highlighting Poland, which will celebrate 100 years of independence in November.

Join PhD Candidate, Alexandra Van Doren, who will be reading a bilingual book: Hieronim Pieta i jego Niezwykte Zwierzeta / Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets. You will also make a red corn poppy (the official flower of Poland) to take home with you.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Area)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons for game time: chess, Monopoly®, and many more games will be available.

Registration not required.
For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Area (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Samba Soul has solid roots in the classical Brazilian Samba with a sophisticated touch of Bossa Nova. The band features an impressive collection of musicians: Chip McNeil on saxophone, George Turner on guitar, Ricardo Flores on drums, Armand Beaudoin on bass, and the voice and charisma of the Brazilian vocalist, Vivian Felicio.

UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the generous support of The Urbana Free Library Foundation.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
Join us for the next installment of our Young Artist’s Studio, featuring local artist, Gayathri Menokee! Youth participants will create their own zentangle through a guided exercise using pens, paper, and their own imaginations. Each participant will have a zentangle design to bring home. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Arts supplies are provided.

For children ages 5 and up; 7 and under with a caregiver.

The Young Artists Workshop is a series of art workshops sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Public Arts Program designed to offer youth an opportunity to explore the arts!
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 22, 2018
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? Do you enjoy writing stories? Join us for story-making fun this fall and work towards a personal writing goal!


Monday, October 22: Brainstorm! Bring a notebook and your ideas and we'll help you create a plan for your story.


Mondays, November 5 & 19: Write! Bring your story and join other young authors like yourself for inspiration!

Monday, December 3: Celebrate! Join us to celebrate all of your hard work!


For young people grades 3-8.

For more information, contact Elaine Bearden at ebearden@urbanafree.org or visit https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library